By Laura Jozwiak, Senior Vice President of Sales & Client Relations, Wheels, Inc.
President, Automotive Fleet and Leasing Association (AFLA)
Has anyone ever said to you, “Tell me a bit about AFLA”? What was your response?
"The Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) is the advanced forum dedicated to improving communication between sellers, buyers, fleet managers, lending institutions, fleet management companies, used vehicle marketers, and allied automotive service companies.” – do you just spout off the mission?
Being an AFLA member is so much more than a mission statement – it is a connection that once experienced, can be challenging to put into words.
Wheels is helping customers reemerge, with a steady focus on driving change.
As part of National Tire Safety Week (June 28 - July 4), NHTSA is reminding drivers that proper tire maintenance is essential for safety and for saving on the cost of vehicle ownership. Whether you’re getting ready for a road trip or just performing routine upkeep on your vehicle, don’t forget your tires are important for safety and savings.
On average, there are nearly 11,000 tire-related motor vehicle crashes each year and more than 600 people will die in those crashes. That’s reason enough to properly maintain your tires. NHTSA offers everything you need to know about tires and safety, like how to buy and maintain them, how age can affect their safety, and the important information contained on their labels.
Safety is obviously the number one concern when it comes to tire maintenance. But if your tires are underinflated you’re also costing yourself money. Underinflated tires reduce your vehicle's fuel economy and increase the amount of greenhouse gases and other pollutants that fossil-fuel-burning vehicles put into the air. Keeping your tires properly inflated can save you up to 11 cents per gallon. Your tires will also last longer, as proper tire inflation can extend a tire’s life by 4,700 miles.
Read the article at NHTSA.
Shell Fleet Solutions aims to be at the forefront as fleets continue to commit to carbon reduction, all while building efficiencies and lowering TCO.
Volvo is a brand obsessed with safety and it believes that one of the surest ways to guarantee it is with autonomous drive technology. But testing it is challenging. That’s why the automaker wants to collect data from its owners to speed up development.
The plan will allow owners to opt in to letting Volvo collect data from their vehicles in real-time. By receiving information from real roads in real-time at a large scale, Volvo figures it will be able to speed development up significantly.
“With help from real-life data we can speed up our development processes and go from years to days,” said Ödgärd Andersson, CEO at Zenseact, Volvo Cars’ autonomous driving software arm. “As real-time collection generates a lot more data, we can create better and higher-quality data sets that allow us to make better and quicker decisions on the next advancements in safety. We’re taking a giant leap to increase safety in and around our cars.”
Read the article at Carscoops.